nonpossession

possession

[puh-zesh-uhn]
noun
1.
the act or fact of possessing.
2.
the state of being possessed.
4.
Law. actual holding or occupancy, either with or without rights of ownership.
5.
a thing possessed: He packed all his possessions into one trunk.
6.
possessions, property or wealth.
7.
a territorial dominion of a state.
8.
Sports.
a.
physical control of the ball or puck by a player or team: He didn't have full possession when he was tackled.
b.
the right of a team to put the ball into play: They had possession after the other team sank a free throw.
9.
control over oneself, one's mind, etc.
10.
domination, actuation, or obsession by a feeling, idea, etc.
11.
the feeling or idea itself.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin possessiōn- (stem of possessiō) occupancy, act of occupying, equivalent to possess(us), past participle of possidēre to have in one's control, occupy (and, in active sense, past participle of posīdere to seize upon) (*pots-, akin to posse to be able + -sidēre, combining form of sedēre to sit1; cf. host1) + -iōn- -ion

nonpossession, noun


1. tenure, occupation. 1, 3. See custody.
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possession (pəˈzɛʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of possessing or state of being possessed: in possession of the crown
2.  anything that is owned or possessed
3.  (plural) wealth or property
4.  the state of being controlled or dominated by or as if by evil spirits
5.  the physical control or occupancy of land, property, etc, whether or not accompanied by ownership: to take possession of a house
6.  a territory subject to a foreign state or to a sovereign prince: colonial possessions
7.  sport control of the ball, puck, etc, as exercised by a player or team: he lost possession in his own half

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possession
mid-14c., "act or fact of possessing," also "that which is possessed," from L. possessionem (nom. possessio), from pp. stem of possidere "to possess." Legal property sense is earliest; demonic sense first recorded 1580s.
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